Unfortunately, the panel concluded that there is no clear indication that artificial food dyes cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in children.
What you need to know:
Bummer. What studies did European panels use to conclude the opposite? In the UK warning labels are required. As a result, most of the food industry has shifted to natural dyes.
This week’s vote was a close one. 8-6. The is panel constructed of scientists, industry representatives and consumer groups representatives. We wonder who voted what. We’ve written to some of the panelists and will update you if we hear anything back.
The only silver lining in this whole mess, is that the FDA is acknowledging that for some children with ADHD, artificial dyes may aggravate their symptoms.
What to do at the supermarket:
It may take the FDA another few years to reach the same conclusions as their EU counterparts. Our suggestion to you: don’t take your chances. There are plenty of options for foods without artificial dyes. Do yourself and your children a favor by leaving them out of science experiments.